May 29, 2014

Witt, Henry garner Capital One Academic All-District honors

Capital One Acadmic All-District

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following the completion of her career, King University women's cross country runner Hannah Witt continues to win awards, recently being named Capital One Academic All-District for the second consecutive year. She was joined on the team by track and field star, Maegan Henry who earns the honor for the first time.

Witt graduated from King in December with a degree in Human Biology as she carried a grade point average of 3.95 in her time at King. She was on the King President's List eight times while being named to the Dean's List twice.

Athletically, the Mountain City, Tenn., native rewrote the Tornado cross country record books. Witt owns the top three 5k times in school history and four of the top five best times, all coming in during her senior campaign in 2013. She won the Conference Carolinas individual championship by more than 30 seconds over her nearest competitor with a 5k time of 17:40.08, earning the distinction of Conference Carolinas Runner of the Year. Witt followed that by winning the NCAA Southeast Regional championship en route to being named Southeast Region Runner of the Year. Based on her finish, Witt qualified for the NCAA National Championship Meet where she finished 50th. She led the Tornado to their second straight Conference Carolinas championship. This marks the second straight year Witt has earned this distinction as she was a Capital Academic All-American during the 2012-13 season.

Henry, a native of Bluefield, Va., continues to rewrite the King throwing record book as she set four new school records this season. The junior has won back-to-back Conference Carolinas Outdoor championships in both the hammer throw and shot put. Her tosses of 44.43 meters in the hammer throw and 14.04 meters in the shot put both came at the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Championships and set new school records. With her toss of 14.04 meters, she became the first student-athlete in school history to eclipse the 14-meter mark. Her toss of 14.04 meters was also an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. She also won Conference Carolinas championships in both the weight throw and shot put during the indoor season with marks of 15.56 meters and 13.34 meters, respectively. Henry holds indoor school records in both the weight throw (15.71 meters) and shot put at 13.49 meters.

Outside of athletics, Henry is a member of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and holds a grade point average of 3.79 while majoring in Biology.

The Capital One Academic All-Americans will be announced on June 25.